In Memory

Steve Rodenbarger - Class Of 1969

Stephen L. Rodenbarger, 60, of 7275 N. County Road 1180 West, died unexpectedly at 5:04 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in the White County Memorial Hospital emergency room.

He was born Oct. 11, 1950, in Lafayette, the son of the late Joseph and Gladys Felix Rodenbarger. He attended Delphi High School.

His marriage was to Sandra S. Hughes in Flora, on Nov. 26, 1967, and she survives.

Mr. Rodenbarger was the superintendent at U.S. Aggregates in Delphi, working there since the 1980s. He previously worked at McLemore Motors in Delphi as service manager for many years.

He was a member of Carroll County Country Club, was an avid golfer, enjoyed NASCAR, Indiana University men's sports and auto mechanics. He coached girls softball for many years.

Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Tracy Duncan (husband: Dean) of Morocco and Amy S. McLaughlin of Muncie; a son, Stephen Eric Rodenbarger (wife: Molly) of Westfield; a sister, S. Jean Mummert (husband: Gerald) of Monticello; and two brothers, J. Robert "Bob" Rodenbarger (wife: Darlene) of Hilliard, Fla., and Max Rodenbarger of Florida.

Steve dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and lived to spend time with them.

Surviving are 9 grandchildren. Preceded in death by 1 brother, Tom.

Friends may call Friday 4-8 p.m. at Abbott Funeral Home, Delphi. Service there Saturday 11 a.m., the Rev. Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions to the Delphi Girls Softball League or the American Heart Association, envelopes available at the funeral home.

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02/05/11 10:49 PM #1    

Constance Riley (Rodenbarger) (1969)

You will be greatly missed, Steve, especially your joking and Sunday breakfasts. Gone too soon. See you in the hereafter!! Rest in Peace and take of your mom and dad and Tom, and my in-laws, Pete and Pearl, and my parents.
Love them all and miss them, too.

02/05/11 10:56 PM #2    

Dan McCain (1958)

After the funeral the family came to the Canal Center for lunch.  I talked with son Steve and met his young family.  Here is what I emailed to Steve (who is with the Army and lives in Westfield):
Like you I grieve the loss of your father and I have lost a father too.  But more that that it is a time to celebrate the life of him.  I learned to respect and admire him as a manager of the Stone Company and got to know him personally.  We at the Canal couldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for some of the advantages that were placed at our feet by your father and his company.
Many times I would go over to his office and sit for a few minutes and tell him where we were with some challenge at the Canal and he would nod and say he would support what we needed.  Usually it was a donation of stone and sometimes it was regulating the water that fills the old canalbed but one of the best things we got from US Aggregates was 4 acres of land that we now call “THE RED BRIDGE SETTLEMENT” where the boat is stored and a cute little park.
I learned today too that you have a wonderful family.  Both your own little group of children but also your extended family that came to eat and meet at the Canal Center.  Your young son was most impressed with the Interpretive Center and exclaimed when he got out what he liked best about that experience--it was the water model with the lock.  I do hope your bring them back to Delphi and Canal Park this summer for some more exploration and a boat ride. 
Thanks for chatting with me today.  Bless you and your great family.    DAN McCAIN

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